The inaugural Ride For The Living made an impact beyond the participants’ meaningful experience. Funds raised in 2014 supported a week-long trip to Israel for child survivors of the Holocaust in March 2015. For some, it was their first time in Israel and for most, their only opportunity to travel abroad with fellow community members.

"I'm 82 years old and I survived the Nazi occupation by being hidden as a Catholic. Over the past six years, the JCC has become the center of my life. I’m so thankful to Ride for the Living for making it possible for me to travel to Israel for the first time with my fellow Senior Club members,”   shares Jan Libin.

Funds raised during subsequent Rides have funded several new initiatives for our seniors, including a 2015 calendar featuring survivors' photos and stories, English classes, increased medical and welfare services, and Senior University. Senior University is a continuing education program to re-engage our members in academic learning. Professors and scholars from Krakow’s Jagiellonian University come to the JCC to lecture on the history of Krakowian Jews and topics related to Jewish culture, customs, and tradition. The Ride also supports the JCC’s core programming for all members and community outreach in Krakow.

I have really enjoyed all the new senior activities at the JCC. We learned several games that we can also practice at home that will help build our memory muscle. Every student received a report card, which we all enjoy because it brings back memories of being a child in school! The professors are very friendly and having the classes at the JCC makes it easy for the seniors to attend.
— Małgorzata, Senior Club Member
There is great meaning in supporting a community that not only looks into the here and now, but also looks ahead. I feel extremely privileged to be part of the JCC Krakow community and will never forget the first Ride for the Living.
— Robert Desmond, Ride For The Living founder and participant